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Old 09-06-2006, 10:24 PM
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Post Salt Dough Leaf Magnets

Now that the kids are back in school, the need for hanging things on the fridge has returned. Why not make your own magnets for hanging that precious artwork and those A+ papers with? A fun project for any age!

4 and up

This project is rated VERY EASY to do.

What You Need

Leaf shaped cookie cutters
Acrylic paint in red, yellow, green, orange and brown
Paint brush
Acrylic spray sealer, matte
round magnets
Hot glue gun
Salt Dough Recipe (not edible)

cup salt
1 cup all purpose flour
cup water

What You Do

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
Mix together, salt, flour, and water until a dough is formed.
Knead the dough on a floured surface until the mixture is elastic and smooth. If dough is too sticky, sprinkle with flour, continue to do so until stickiness is gone. Do not add too much flour, this will dry out the dough and will cause it to crack before you get a chance to bake it.
Roll out the dough to about thick with a rolling pin that has been dusted with flour.
Use different sized cookie cutters to create as many shapes and sizes of leaves that you want.
For smaller children, use a single shape to make it easier at painting time. For older children, you can double up and even triple some of the leaves for a 3D affect as we did (see photo).
If desired, use the toothpick to draw lines in the leaves.
Place all leaves onto an ungreased cookie sheet and place into the preheated oven.
Bake for 2 hours.
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
Paint with acrylic paints and spray finished leaves with acrylic sealer.
Hot glue a round magnet to the back of each leaf and hang on the fridge!
Helpful Hints

Parents should not allow small children to handle a glue gun as burns can occur. Older children should be closely supervised if allowed to handle themselves.
Instead of a toothpick you can use the sharp edge and point of a small kitchen paring knife, but again, only parents should handle these types of utensils.
alt dough will not keep for a later project, it will get hard and crack. Depending on how many ornaments you plan to make, you can either halve the recipe or double it.
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